The Australian sun is incredibly strong and the UVA and UVB rays can damage the skin over time. A chemical peel can help to peel away surface irregularities and some forms of pigmentation. Dr Wetton performs these peels in a licensed accredited day hospital, because the peels are quite deep, so mostly patients only require one peel, not multiple peels.
It is important to understand that this is a resurfacing technique, it is not a lifting technique, so if you have loose skin and very deep lines, the peel will not make a huge difference to your appearance. You can expect to have some redness and oozing of a water liquid from the skin for a few days. Normally the downtime is around 1 week. It is important to follow Dr Wetton’s post operative advice to prevent infection and scarring.
Specific risks: scarring, uneven result, remaining skin irregularities or persisting skin blemishes, hyper or hypo pigmentation.
Over the first week, the old skin begins to peel off. It is important that you don’t actively peel your skin off your face, because if you traumatise your skin, you may scar. Equally it is important that you do not get an infection and Dr Wetton will give you some prophylactic medication to mitigate this risk.
How do I look after my skin after a peel?
The most important thing is to keep our skin well moisturised and protected from sun exposure.
Should I get laser resurfacing? Or should I get a skin peel?
A peel will address more superficial skin irregularities, while laser is slightly deeper. The downtime for laser resurfacing is longer, at around 2 weeks. They are different treatments, but they are both resurfacing modalities to take away some of the signs of ageing on the skin.
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